RUSSIA

Boris Mikhailov – A Way Out (2017)

Boris Mikhailov was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and came to prominence in the 1990s. His work often focuses on the politics of everyday life during the Soviet era and its aftermath. In Red 1968-75, Mikhailov depticts life in and around Kharkov, using the colour red as a symbolic reminder of the inescapable presence of the […]

What a 1980’s Tension Memory Looks Like

“That is just the impatient me waiting for my own teeth to fall out as I doubt I will ever find the bouffant that defines me”. I stood sifting through the remnants of somebody else’s life, the precipice correlated somewhere between the footnote of commerce and an inability to understand the language proliferating from the […]

Cataloging Desire and a Reluctant But Necessary Eulogy in ‘Russian Interiors’

To say these images are erotic would be a mistake; they are a more like a self-enforced catalogue of sexualized ego pandering.   By Brad Feurehelm, ASX, December 2014 Andy Rocchelli’s “Russian Interiors” is first and foremost a beautifully realized book by Cesura Publishing. The tactile quality of the raised floral cover and the lifted […]

Chernobyl by Drone

  Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl   Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. The nuclear dust clouds swept westward towards us. The […]

KEIZO KITAJIMA: “USSR 1991” (2012)

  In the fall of 1990, Keizo Kitajima received a commission from Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper to visit the Soviet Union, the opportunity to spend a year documenting both people and places in what was then a monolithic entity. 15 republics, 11 time zones, and thousands of miles spanning the two—the task was daunting in […]

KEIZO KITAJIMA: “USSR 1991” (2012)

USSR 1991 In the fall of 1990, Keizo Kitajima received a commission from Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper to visit the Soviet Union, the opportunity to spend a year documenting both people and places in what was then a monolithic entity. 15 republics, 11 time zones, and thousands of miles spanning the two—the task was daunting […]

Nikolay Bakharev in Conversation with Luca Desienna (2006)

  “There was also a clause in the Criminal Code which banned the distribution of nudity in photographs, so it put off most photographers from approach this theme.”   Nikolay Bakharev in Conversation with Luca Desienna of Gomma Magazine – Translation by Olga Ippolitova – Series Baharevland Nikolay Bakharev’s emotive and controversial images are important […]

Boris Mikhailov: “A New Metaphysician”

From Case History, 1999 Boris Mikhailov: A New Metaphysician By Helen Petrovsky If we were to define photography today, we would have to posit its essential anonymity. To be more precise, we would have to rethink the very conditions of its theorizing: it is no longer “my” photograph that has to be redeemed by being […]

ASX.TV: Stanley Greene – “Open Wound”

  In 1944, Stalin accused the Chechen people of collaboration with the Nazis and exiled them to central Asia and Siberia. Over the following decade Soviet citizens of numerous ethnic backgrounds came to live in Chechnya, starting a process of integration. It was only in 1957, during Khruschev’s time, that the Chechens themselves slowly began […]